ALEX Lesson Plan


Extra! Extra! Harlem Renaissance Tribune

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Author:Gigi Ezelle
System: Shelby County
School: Chelsea Middle School
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 11927


Extra! Extra! Harlem Renaissance Tribune


From writing with Langston Hughes to dancing with Bojangles, explore 1920-30 Harlem and publish a newspaper about the arts and entertainment of this cultural renaissance that brought new energy and sound to the world.
 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
TC2 (6-8)
5. Use basic features of word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation software.
Examples: word processing—reports, letters, brochures
spreadsheets—discovering patterns, tracking spending, creating budgets
databases—contact list of addresses and telephone numbers
presentation software—slideshow
TC2 (6-8)
6. Select specific digital tools for completing curriculum-related tasks.
Examples: spreadsheet for budgets, word processing software for essays, probes for data collection
TC2 (6-8)
11. Use digital tools and strategies to locate, collect, organize, evaluate, and synthesize information.
Examples: locating—Boolean searches, graphic organizers, spreadsheets, databases
collecting—probeware, graphing calculators
organizing—graphic organizers, spreadsheets
evaluating—reviewing publication dates, determining credibility
synthesizing—word processing software, concept-mapping software

Local/National Standards:


Primary Learning Objective(s):

Students will identify key people, places and events that introduced the nation to a new style of art, music, literature and dance and the individuals who created them. Students will examine the effects of the Harlem Renaissance on our culture.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

Students will utilize a word processing program in the creation of a class arts and entertainment “newspaper.”

Students will implement the “who, what, when, where, why, how” standard used by journalists in writing a newspaper article. Students will demonstrate proper research skills when using Internet resource(s).

 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

Greater than 120 Minutes

Materials and Resources:

Notetaking materials, index cards to help organize information

Technology Resources Needed:

At least three computers with Internet access, printer, floppy disk, publishing software


Black & White magazine (or any other Arts & Entertainment publication local to your town), Birmingham News, Shelby , County Reporter LifeStyle and City Scene sections or any local papers.

1.)Break into five groups: Discuss with class the examples collected from local arts and entertainment newspapers. Each group will have 2-3 reporters, photographer & graphic designer, editor/taskmaster (will help with investigative reporting).

2.)Each group will be responsible for one page of the paper. There is a minimum of two articles required for each page. The page must also have one or more pictures with captions. Some ideas would be to write reviews, quick bios, show time tables, interviews and more!

3.)The students will start with the ArtsEdge website from the Kennedy Center to find pictures and information about their area of interest.
(Drop Me Off in Harlem)
See video clips and hear audio clips of various artists who helped define the Harlem Renaissance.

4.)The media center and online resources such as the Alabama Virtual Library or Library of Congress are available for finding out more information such as real names of theaters and such.
(Alabama Virtual Library)
Full-text journal and magazine articles, encyclopedias, and many other online reference materials.

5.)To begin working on their articles, each group will be given a layout sheet to start putting together components on paper first. The layout sheet could be one of the templates provided with the publishing software (a print out of the Wizard for a newsletter, for example).

6.)Each group will spend time on the computer transferring its information to the publishing program. After doing so the page will be printed off, one per group member, for final review.

7.)After each group is satisfied the teacher will merge the files into one newspaper, print and distribute to the students.

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Assessment Strategies

The attached rubric will be used for assessment.





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Presentation of Material Environment
Time Demands Materials
Attention Using Groups and Peers
Assisting the Reluctant Starter Dealing with Inappropriate Behavior
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